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This Day In Founders History – 28 September

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This Day In Founders History – 28 September

On this day in 1775, the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia began with General Washington commanding the American troops and Comte de Rochambeau’s French troops and General Cornwallis commanding the British forces. Continental and French forces had successfully blocked Cornwallis from escaping Yorktown, thus starting the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War. Cornwallis surrendered three weeks later, prompting the British to negotiate an end to the fighting.

In 1779 on this day, Samuel Huntington was elected the President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay. Huntington was a delegate from Connecticut, and signed both the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation.

September 28, 1787, the Continental Congress sent the Constitution to the state legislatures for ratification. “Resolved Unanimously that the said Report…be transmitted to the several legislatures in Order to be submitted to a convention of Delegates chosen in each state by the people thereof….”


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I live biking distance from the Battlefield and am awed by the history there every time we ride it. Yorktown Day re-enactments are a staple for my family every year. They do an amazing job. Surrender field and Moore house are favorites as well as the hidden, true Cornwallis “cave”

Scobie Wilcoxon

Happened to be in Yorktown last week on business. Had a chance to do a quick drive through tour of the battlefield. Humbled to get to see the earthworks, Moore house, and surrender site.

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